In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths) shows the relationships among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space. - Wikipedia
In Dulcimer School we're going to use the circle of fifths to learn many important and useful things about not just theory, but our hammered dulcimers, which are mechanical representations of this important musical construct.
Stephen Humphries and Dan Landrum take you deep into the philosophy of hammering, hammer motion, and demonstrate practical use of rudiments in developing your sticking skill.
Music Theory as it applies to hammered dulcimer
If you no longer like the sound of your instrument the problem may be the hammers. The leather surface wears out, or at least it should if you're playing enough. I'll walk you through changing the leather.
It's been written, 'don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing' and if you can master these techniques you will achieve just that! Enjoy learning patterns that will improve your playing no matter what level player you are.
Set your hammer heads free to do what you want them to by developing a relaxed grip. This class teaches you a series of exercises designed to get the motion into the hammer heads where it belongs.
It's hard to play it if you can't feel it. It's impossible to feel it if you're to busy thinking about it. These lessons will help you internalize rhythm, syncopation and timing.
In this class, Dan demonstrates the Percussive Arts Society 40 fundamental rudiments that, if practiced, will improve your ability to play any song. Other videos in Dulcimer School will refer to these videos for understanding how to execute each rudiment.
These are things I do to keep learn new skills, experiment, find new grooves, and keep advancing as a player.
How to avoid getting stuck, and unsticking yourself when it happens.
This isn't just for folks who've learned Pig Angle Rag, but it will definitely add some pizazz for those who have. There are 9 lessons here to help you turn this fun tune into a standout solo piece.
This lesson is more about learning to learn, than learning the specific song, Danny Boy. This method will help you quickly play many songs you already know.
If you do a search for St. Anne’s Reel you’re bound to find both a version, as well as a story about its origins to suit you. About the only thing that is for sure is its popularity both in jam session and on recordings.
Two great tunes with incredible arrangement potential.